Man stabbed to death in Harlesden named as 55-year-old Granville Thomas
PUBLISHED: 16:32 30 June 2015 | UPDATED: 20:09 30 June 2015
A man who was stabbed to death yesterday in Harlesden has been named as 55-year-old Granville Thomas.
Mr Thomas, who lives in Harrow-on-the-hill, died after he was knifed in an alleyway which runs behind Ranelagh Road and Station Road at 6.30pm.
The victim, who is also known as ‘Rat’ or ‘Blacks’, worked as a mechanic at a garage based in Ranelagh Road.
His brother Louis Thomas has made an appeal for anyone with information to come forward.
He said: “My brother was murdered last night, my family are devastated.
“I would ask if anyone saw or knows anything in relation to his murder, please speak to the police.”
Local business owners believe the incident arose from a dispute regarding payment at the garage.
Daniela, 22, a student who lives with her 11-year-old brother in a house opposite the garage said: “My little brother came running in last night after he saw all the police cars, it was scary and we didn’t know what was going on.
“Its pretty dangerous to be honest, we always have things like this happening.”
A resident in Ranelagh Road, who didn’t wish to be named, said: “ It’s crazy, I was shocked when I heard someone had died. I know the guys at the mechanics and they’ve always been a nice bunch.”
Kana Suresh, manager of Station café restaurant on Station Road, added: “It’s scary. I’ve been in this area for 15 years and there’s always been stabbing, but what can we do?”
A 29-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and is in police custody.
Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh of the HMCC, who is leading the investigation, said: “I am appealing to anyone who may have been in the area as well as witnesses to the stabbing to contact us as soon as possible.
“They may hold vital information into what happened.”
Anyone who witnesses or with information should call police on 0208 785 8099 or 101.
Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.